For sale here is an original abstract modernist 4 color lino-cut by famed French artist Marc Antoine Louttre-Bissiere aka Louttre.
Louttre was a nickname given the artist by his father, and means 'otter' in French. Louttre was born in 1926, and passed away in 2012. In between he had a very successful career in art. Here's a short bio of the artist that I found online...
Marc-Antoine Bissière, known as "Louttre", is the son of the painter Roger Bissière. (1888-1964) He taught at the Ranson Academy, which he attended around 1935, Jean Le Moal, master of his fresco workshop, Alfred Manessier, the sculptor Etienne Martin. Leaving Paris in 1938, Bissière moved to Boissiérette. From 1942 he began to paint, In February 1944 he took part, under the name of Antoine Bissière, in an exhibition at the Galerie de France, preface by Gaston Diehl, with Bissière and his friends, Bertholle, Le Moal, Manessier, Singier, Etienne Martin.
From 1945, Louttre works with Bissière for many years. The younger artist adopted the name to distinguish himself from his father and establish his own identity. In 1949, Louttre moved to Paris, second marriage in 1954 with Laure Latapie, daughter of the painter Louis Latapie; he had four children including a son, Martin Bissière, who also became a painter.
Galerie Pierre Loeb presents his paintings in 1957 and Jeanne Bucher Gallery in 1959 (preface by Jacques Lassaigne). He exhibited at the May Salon and the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles. In 1960, he began to engrave linoleum and wood in large format size, in complicity with Marcel Fiorini. He is in 1961 winner of the second Biennial of Paris. From 1962, he turned away from non-figuration and returned to live in Boissiérette until 1967, now signing his paintings Louttre.B. From 1965 to 1967 he made a series of sand paintings, a technique to which he will return several times in the following decades. In 1966, he was awarded the fifth Biennale of Engraving in Tokyo and, in 1967, the Triennale of Grenchen, Switzerland.
In 1970, the gallery Jeanne Bucher showed his work, preface by Gaëtan Picon, the large format"engravings for the wall" (2 meters by 3 meters) that Louttre.B printed with the help of Fiorini and Paul Decottignies.
Louttre.B, presented around one hundred exhibitions of his paintings and engravings in Paris (notably at the Galerie Fabien Boulakia between 1979 and 1987, then at the Galerie Le Troisième Œil) and also in Germany, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. He produced several books and, from 1966, monumental sculptures in cement, mainly for public buildings. Between 1968 and 1973, he collaborated several times with the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres to create a fountain, a wall panel and a clock. Around 1958, Louttre.B made some aquatints but it was from 1960 that he began his unique print-making technique combining woodblock and copper plates to achieve a three dimensional sculptural effect. These marvelous large format embossed engravings are carved into the paper in light relief. He also created sculpture, stained glass windows, and tapestries.
This original linocut measures 25-3/4" by 19-7/8" at the outer edges, and the image area measures 17" by 13". Signed in pencil "Louttre" dated "1960" and numbered "23/75" all in pencil as shown in the photos. The title "La Rochelle" is given at back on the original gallery tag, and the title is a reference to the French port on the Bay of Biscay. Also, the paper bears the watermark for the Zurich publisher "L'Ouevre Gravee" also shown in photos, the company that actually produced the artwork for the artist.
This is one of several vintage original graphic artworks that I am listing in my store. I have acquired this artwork, along with many other works of graphic art, from the estate of a former gallery owner Eric Locke from San Francisco. Originally born in Germany in 1887, Eric Locke's father was a high-court judge, and his mother was a German aristocrat at the court of Kaiser Willhelm. In 1923 Eric Locke moved to Hollywood where he was given a part in the silent epic "Merry-Go-Round" by the great Eric von Stroheim. For several years after that he was the personal assistant to Ernst Lubitch, the famous German producer. In 1952 he moved to San Francisco, and shortly after that opened his gallery in an old Victorian mansion. The Eric Locke Gallery was famous in it's day for championing the graphics arts by established and up and coming artists from around the world, and was one of only two galleries in San Francisco that sold graphic arts when it opened, the other being the world-famous Gumps. They were also famous for having modernist sculpture shows that drew talent from around the world and included some of the great local Bay area talent of that era as well. The Eric Locke gallery was open from 1955 to 1965, though all the artworks were acquired prior to 1964, when the proprietor had a stroke and was no longer able to run the business. After closing the gallery in 1965, these artworks were placed in storage until the present. Eric Locke passed away in 1969 at the age of 82. I have a fair number of photographs of old exhibition advertising, newspaper clippings and other ephemera for this gallery and a number of the artists it represented, and am willing to share this material with serious buyers who have an interest.
ORIGINAL 1960 Louttre France Signed Dated Numbered Abstract Modernist Linocut "La Rochelle" Print ARTWORK
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